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ELITE PRO PROFILE - CAPTAIN KEITH ROBBINS

By Captain Keith Robbins

I have been fishing the waters of Puget Sound since before my father would let me hold a rod. I always wanted to be a fishing guide since we went fishing with a guide when I was a kid in British Columbia. Since 1992 I have been the only guide in the State of Washington that features both Saltwater Fly Fishing and Light Tackle "Mooching" (a bait fishing technique that was developed in Puget Sound in the 1930s). I love fishing for the largest population of wild trout in the US. The sea run cutthroat is the best fishery in Puget Sound and it is rare to see another angler fishing when we are fishing from the boat. When I have a day off from guiding I go fishing whether it is mooching for King Salmon, Fly Fishing for Sea Run Cutthroat trout in Puget Sound or Fly Fishing for Tarpon in the Florida Keys. It's what I do. No, I don't golf.

HOMETOWN:

Seattle, Washington

HOME WATERS:

Puget Sound

LOCAL FLY SHOP:

Patrick’s, Creekside, Avid Angler

TARGET SPECIES:

Coho, Chinook, Chum and Humpback Salmon, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden, Ling Cod

PERFECT SETUPS:

Puget Sound - Sage 691-4 X, Sage SPECTRUM LT 5/6, RIO WF6I Coastal Quickshooter or Rio Deep 3.

Florida Keys Tarpon - Sage 1190-4 SALT HD or Sage 1190-4 X, Sage SPECTRUM MAX 11/12, RIO WF11F Directcore Flats Pro

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

The rules and regulations I have helped develop and adjust in Puget Sound including several big conservation measures.

CONSERVATION WORK:

Being on the WDFW Marine Sportfish Advisory Board for the past 20 years and Raising money for the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition and other Organizations that help Puget Sound or the species that swim through it.

PHILOSOPHY ON FLY FISHING:

Life is too short….Fish. Look around Fly Fishing takes you to the most beautiful places on the planet. If you catch fish that’s a bonus.

ONE TIP TO IMPROVE ONES FISHING:

Always be positive and confident.

PERFECT DAY:

Any day I’m on any body of water.

A GOOD FISHING STORY:

I once had a former Seattle Mariners manager hook the largest chinook salmon on fly I have ever heard of in Puget Sound after I ran the boat aground in the fog. Went from my worst day guiding to one of the best or at least the most memorable.

CONTACT INFO:

Instagram: @karkeith